NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Weekend Lowdown: 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Race No. 4 of the Sprint Cup Series and Race No. 2 of the Camping World Truck Series take us to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Unlike Las Vegas and Fontana, success at Atlanta has been a mixed bag in recent years. Since 2004, drivers from Roush, Gibbs, Hendrick, Penske and most recently RPM …

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Weekend Lowdown: 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

Race No. 3 of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules brings both series to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Similar to Auto Club Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing has traditionally run very well at the 1.5 mile tri-oval, visiting victory lane six times. Hendrick Motorsports has won another four times at the track. Chip Ganassi’s team …

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Lovecchio’s Weekend Lowdown: Johnson, Knaus Seek Redemption in California

Jimmie Johnson expected to kick off 2010 with a solid run in Daytona and begin his quest for a fifth consecutive championship. Instead, he finds himself behind the 8-ball.

A DNF and subsequent 35th place finish in the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 may not seem like much for a four-time defending championship team with 25 races left until the Chase field is set, but try telling that to Jimmie Johnson and his perfectionist crew chief Chad Knaus.

For them, this is unacceptable. They don’t see a poor finish at Daytona as just a minor hiccup in a long and probably successful season, they look at the standings and see that heading into California, there are 34 other teams with more points than the No. 48.

Weekend Lowdown: Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger Debut Legendary Numbers at Daytona

They say the hardest thing to do in sports is to replace a legend. But in NASCAR, a sport in which fans most commonly associate their favorite drivers with their car numbers, two numbers have a legacy that will long last the legendary drivers that made them famous: the No. 3 and No. 43. Austin …

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Weekend Lowdown: Jamie McMurray a Favorite Despite Mishap

This was not the start to 2010 that Jamie McMurray was hoping for. For the driver who had already knocked off the offseason rust at Daytona in December during WKA Kart Week and again last weekend in the Rolex 24, it wasn’t necessarily because the first Big One of the season – in the first …

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